Meeting to focus on safety on U.S. 23 at Town Branch

Times Staff Report

November 12, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — The public will have the chance next week to give its input on safety issues along a stretch of U.S. 23 that has been the site of numerous traffic accidents, including many fatal crashes.

The meeting, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, at Allen Baptist Church, will focus on a stretch of highway between Town Branch Road and the Route 80 junction.

According to project manager Sam Hale, preliminary design concepts currently under consideration will be explained. Officials from Highway District 12 and consulting engineers from EA Partners out of Lexington will share displays showing the crash history of the area, gather public input, and provide information about the project.

“Nothing about this project is finalized,” Hale explained. “We are having this meeting to gather ideas from people who drive this road on a regular basis, to find out what kinds of engineering choices they think would reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities along this stretch of highway. We have some preliminary ideas to present, but we are open to suggestions from everyone.”

If anyone who wants to attend this meeting has a disability and requires assistance, he or she should contact Hale or Diana Elswick at 606-433-7791 so that accommodations can be arranged.

“We are hoping for a big crowd,” Hale said. “If you cannot attend the meeting but do want your opinions considered as we go through the design phase of this project, you can contact me at Highway District 12 or email your questions and ideas to me at samuel.hale@ky.gov .